Latest posts by Verdun

Can anyone recommend a shrub?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 19:04


I have 3 standishii...2 via cuttings a few years back.  All wonderful pillars, all admired and all trouble free.  They are about 9 to 10' tall 

Tried and tested solar lights

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:40

Friend of mine...more money than sense...has huge expensive lights in her garden.  3 or 4' tall.  I think only a couple now work but they just look so ugly

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:32

Cornish Tetley but childhood in aussie.

don't laugh but aussies and cornish have a lot in common...the love of the sea, laid back style, mining.  

Brother still in Australia and some family in NZ 

Chicken Manure Maggots!

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:29

Martyn, I have long argued on this forum to use up all fertilisers,,composts and manures in one year.

left longer then pests and diseases and reduced quality occurs.

replace every year folks or risk consequences 

Tried and tested solar lights

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:21

Cloggie its not mean to buy cheap if cheap is as good. ,I am a big haggler, bargain hunter and deal breaker.  Besides if any solar light fails take it back for exchange or refund.....even pound shop goods are covered by warranty

No Dig Approach

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:18

no dig is my preferred way too. 

At first you need to turn the soil and dig in plenty of muck...that's it then.  

 then add as much  compost, mushroom compost, fresh seaweed,,manure as possible...ideally every year. 

The only digging is for runner bean trench

I grow excellent crops on my rich sandy loam...healthy, pest free, tasty and good looking.  Carrots for example and all salad crops produce fast results too. just a light dusting of fish blood and bone and a couple of sprays of seaweed

I would never now dig over veg plot....I am convinced digging damages soil structure and fertility.  

So.....dig first year with generous incorporation of compost then it is pretty easy 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 16:01

No gardening today except potting on yellow agastaches

a visit to my local nursery was productive.....I was on the look out for good value hydrangeas for someone and 10 litre specimens....I mean specimens ......almost to flower and superb in size and quality were available for £17.  I got 2 for £25.  What would anyone pay for these EACH in a gc?  £30, £40, more?

will collect them on Monday but other temptations will be there too 

sunshine now so beach beckons 

Last edited: 21 May 2016 16:02:14

ant control

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:54

Simon, there is a mix for veg patch...root pests etc.  

I considered mixing slug nems with veg nems but decided against it.  No idea if they would work together but I see no reason why not.  A second application of both will be made next month and I will try the mix....simply to save time.  

Will let you know. 

Tried and tested solar lights

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:46

My 80p solar lights have lasted over 2 years...some in their 3 rd year with no change of batteries 

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:41

steven, let them be.  They SHOULD have survived if they were not too small.  In future plant salvias in the spring though.

there is nothing more you can do now; don't feed,,water or mulch.  Shoots should appear in next couple of weeks if it has survived.

if it does, take cuttings during the summer

oh! Welcome by the way steven 

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